Gordon Family 2010

From Kung Fu to Kabbalah … to Messiah
Author: Cyril Gordon

As in the ancient days of the Pharaoh, my mother’s family was forced to flee from Egypt in 1952, a time when Jews were hated and feared there as Israel’s statehood became a fact. The “promised land” to our family was Paris, France. There my mother, a beautifully exotic woman with green eyes, olive skin…

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Spiritual Journey Home

  Book Review: Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall Nathan Katz (Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2009), 192 pages While the mere mention of a Jew believing in Jesus still raises eyebrows in the Jewish community, here a Jewish Buddhist (JUBU) gets a respectful hearing, as evidenced by the mostly…

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Yoga Studio

Yoga: A Union with God. But Which God?
Author: Iris Adler

Yoga has steadily gained cachet in the West over the last fifty years. It is found in high school gym class. It was part of a family-geared Easter Sunday event on the White House front lawn in 2010, not to mention health clubs in some of our Jewish community centers. Yes, yogis are everywhere, including…

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That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist
Author: Garrett Smith

Book Title: That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist Author: Sylvia Boorstein Date Published: January 20, 1998 Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Spirituality3. Comparative Religion ISBN: 978-0060609580 Reviewer: Garrett Smith Review Date: Sep 1, 1997 That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist sounds like it might be a comment made by a Jewish comic from…

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Jewish Buddhists: A Meld of Mezuzahs and Mantra?
Author: Rich Robinson

A challenge to Rodger Kamenetz’s idea of the “JUBU,” Jewish Buddhists.

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Out of the Flowing Water
Author: Garrett Smith

A Jewish boy in a Buddhist monastery? Or a church? Sounds crazy, right? Six years ago I would have agreed. My life was on such a different path. My mother died of brain cancer that year. Her death released a flood of conflicting emotions in me. I had just landed my dream job as a…

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The Jew in the Lotus: A Poet’s Rediscovery of Jewish Identity in Buddhist India

Book Title: The Jew in the Lotus Author: Rodger Kamenetz Date Published: 1994 Publisher: Harpercollins Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Jewish ISBN: 978-0060645762 Reviewer: David Feinberg Review Date: Sep 1, 1994 In 1990, the Jewish poet Rodger Kamenetz traveled with a group of Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, a remote hill town in northern India, in…

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